John Kenny will receive the Glenn and Melinda Adams Eagle Project of the Year Award, which honors one Eagle project a year in the metro Detroit area that stands above the rest as being outstanding.
Kenny also the 16th from Notre Dame to be named Eagle Scout in recent years..
Kenny said that a number of years ago, St. Irenaeus was blessed with a donation of a beautiful Mary statue, which was placed in front of the rectory. He noticed that few people actually went over to admire or pray in front of it.
"An idea struck me then to make a gathering area in front of the statue," Kenny recalled. "I wanted to make an area where families could gather and pray."
Kenny then worked with the parish's financial department to better define the project and its cost, after which he set up a commemorative brick program to not only pay for the materials, but provide the actual bricks needed for the gathering-area patio.
"Through the incredible generosity of the parishioners at St. Irenaeus, I raised over $17,500 in only a month," Kenny said. "To achieve this, I sold 234 engraved bricks priced at $50 each and six engraved benches priced at $500."
Then, with the assistance of volunteer he]p from his troop and family, Kenny dug out the area in front of the Mary statue and made sure the ground was level using landscaping procedures had researched.
"After ensuring that each individual brick was accounted for, we placed the bricks in the ground," he said. "Once the bricks were in place, we planted a beautiful garden around the Mary statue and put down mulch. Due to the overwhelming generosity of the parish during fundraising, I also was able to purchase upgraded engraved benches and place them on the pathway. With even more of the funds left over, St. Irenaeus purchased a new industrial stove, and it provided funding for a number of scouts who could not afford to attend a summer camp."
"I spent a total of 151.7 hours working on this project and I could not have done it without the help of my church and family," he said.
Kenny is proud of the work it took to achieve Eagle Scout status, but he's also proud of the work he's accomplished thus far at Notre Dame.
"I will not lie, the classes at Notre Dame are tough," he said. "But I have learned how to handle them with the help of some fantastic teachers and friends. At NDP, I have accomplished things I never would have guessed I would be capable of accomplishing. I believe I will feel totally ready for any hurdles college may place in front of me. When I graduate in 2019, I definitely will miss Notre Dame. But as A.A. Milne said: 'How lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.'"
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